Stewards Fund Challenge Grant

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Rufus homeDurham Habitat recently kicked off a new Stewards Fund Challenge Grant: a $200,000 one-to-one challenge to support the acquisition of future Habitat home sites in Durham’s inner city neighborhoods.

"One of our biggest obstacles to serving more Durham families is land," said Blake Strayhorn, Durham Habitat's executive director. "If we had more land, we could serve more families."    

The Stewards Fund's goal is to raise $200,000 in either new gifts, increased donations by current donors, or gifts from those who have not given in the last twelve months. Donations made between Nov 20, 2013 - May 31, 2014 will be matched dollar-for-dollar if the challenge goal is met.

Durham Habitat has identified more than 100 properties - vacant lots or boarded up houses in Durham’s inner city neighborhoods - which are considered suitable for future Habitat homes.  

"Habitat transforms the lives of the Habitat homeowner families and helps revitalize the neighborhood," says Strayhorn, who cited the Building Community video as evidence of the organization's impact. "Please consider making a gift today!" 

Habitat Success Stories

Anita and her sister thought they were experiencing night sweats but realized that it was raining inside their home. Habitat partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield to replace their roof. "I used to go to bed every night and the rain would be all over my face but not anymore. Thank you."